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Washington enacts voluntary PPE protections

06/03/21

Author: ADP Admin/Tuesday, June 1, 2021/Categories: Compliance Corner , State Compliance Update, Washington

The state of Washington has enacted legislation (Senate Bill 5254) that requires certain employers to accommodate an employee's voluntary usage of personal protective equipment (PPE) during a public health emergency. Senate Bill 5254 is effective immediately.

Overview:

Senate Bill 5254 requires every employer that does not require its employees or contractors to wear a specific type of PPE to accommodate their voluntary use of protective devices or PPE (such as gloves, goggles, face shields, and face masks) that a worker deems necessary.

Conditions:

Employers must accommodate their workers' voluntary usage of PPE only during a public health emergency, and when doing so does not:

  • Introduce hazards to the work environment;
  • Conflict with standards for that specific type of equipment established by the Department of Health or the Department of Labor and Industries; and
  • Interfere with security requirements.

An employer may verify that their workers' voluntary use of PPE meets all workplace health and safety regulatory requirements.

Compliance Recommendations:

Washington employers should review their safety policies, practices, and supervisor training to ensure compliance with House Bill 5254. Please contact your dedicated service professional with any questions.

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